Book Review: The Postmortal
I like this book.
If you’re a fan of utopian sci-fi where technology enables humanity to assume the mantle of ‘best and brightest’, then sail into destiny among the vast, glittering stars, you’re going to want to look elsewhere.
The novel essentially follows the story of John Farrell, a citizen in near-future America when the “cure” for aging is developed. Wry, well-written, with a touch of black humor, this is the first novel I’ve ever read that treated the subject of ‘immortality’ in a realistic manner. And I mean eerily realistic.
From the initial euphoria and Las Vegas hedonism, to the ‘Freezer Moms’ who inject their children so they stay perpetually infants, to the Thai pimps that freeze prostitutes as nubiles, to anti-aging vandals. terrorists, and new religious sects, to “Exit Specialists” who execute folks who finally want to die, Drew Magary manages to balance grimness with a fascinating, darkly comic narrative.
This is the kind of book you talk about the day after you’ve finished it. And then probably the day after that. This one is well worth your time and money.
Four out of Five Stars.